We all love to have the glossy and manageable hair. But due to hair loss crown glory can be a bane sometimes. Experts say relentless hair fall can indeed be extremely distressing for us and can have a grave psychological impact on our overall well-being. “Shedding hair can be one of the major reasons for dwindling self-confidence. Our current hectic lifestyle, pollution, and adulterated hair care products are primarily to blame,” stated skin and hair expert Amit Sarda, managing director, Soulflower, a natural and Ayurvedic skin and hair care brand.
Ayurvedic experts say that we can achieve sparkling health by balancing these within our body. Doshas apparently govern everything about us, from hair colour to body type to the kind of illnesses we can get afflicted with. Generally, we have one or two dominant doshas. Vata's role is believed to be confined to our nervous system, pitta is responsible for digestion and metabolism while kapha lubrication of joints, strengthening of immunity and protection of body tissues. Aggravation of any of these doshas, for whatever reason, can lead to various kinds of diseases. Hair fall, experts say, is attributed to the exacerbation of the pitta dosha. Experts say shikakai is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, K, and D, which can keep hair nourished.
According to Sarda, amla is a natural immunity booster and also the most preferred ingredient for maintaining hair health. "It contains oodles of essential fatty acids, which strengthen hair follicles, giving your hair strength and luster," he says. "The surplus of Vitamin C helps to halt premature greying. Its high iron, potent antioxidants, gallic acid and carotene content improve blood circulation around the scalp which stimulates hair growth and also provides relief to dry itchy scalp by reducing dandruff."
Bhringraj is a time-tested natural ingredient that has become essential in hair care regimens being prescribed these days. You'd often find beauty therapists advising you to massage your scalp with bhringraj oil regularly as it can encourage faster hair growth. Essentially, bhringraj is a herb that grows best in moist areas.
Reetha or soapnuts is another ingredient that has been used for hair care for centuries. Reetha is a saponin that is responsible for keeping your hair healthy. According to Sarda, medium-chain fatty acids such as lauric and capric acid in coconuts offer rich antimicrobial and antifungal properties which are primarily required to prevent free radicals that act as a barrier against hair growth. Apart from coconut, coconut milk is also good for hair growth.
Aloe Vera is also a potent tool for curbing hair loss. Believe it or not, Aloe Vera can also cure a lot of scalp problems. This is because aloe vera is said to contain proteolytic enzymes which can repair damaged cells and improve follicle health. Moreover, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that can shoo away scalp irritation. Plus it has antifungal properties that can work against dandruff. Yoghurt is packed with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D that are known to promote hair follicle health.